A national campaign that challenges smokers to give up cigarettes for 28 days during the month of October is being backed with events across Bristol.
Stoptober is a Public Health England campaign which works on the premise that people who stop smoking for this period of time are five times more likely to quit permanently.
The month co-incides with new research published in September by University College of London (UCL) which shows quitting success rates in the UK were the highest on record in the first six months of 2017.
Knowle West Healthy Living Centre held an event to back the campaign today (9 October) with information and activities to help people ditch the cigarettes.
Healthy Lifestyle Champion Stella Picton who runs Stop Smoking Sessions at the Healthy Living Centre said: “I’m holding the event as a drive to give people the knowledge – and help them to quit.
“I’ve been a Stop Smoking Advisor for two years, and as an ex-smoker myself I’m not going to judge anybody. This campaign is in October because people are coming out of the holiday season and trying to save money for Christmas… It’s the best thing you can do for your own health and your family’s health…”
Carol Minton (60) who attended the event said: ‘ I came here to get help. I smoked for 43 years, 60 a day and quit for my health as I had COPD. I had been trying for years. I switched to vaping and it helped. Stella is on the end of the phone for support and I’ve saved £1,500 in 10 months…”
To join Stop Smoking Sessions or for help and support contact Stella Picton at the Knowle West Healthy Living Centre on 0773 964 983.
For information about the campaign search online for Stoptober.